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December 18, 2009
Garrett Atkins Age: 30 Height/weight: 6 feet 3, 215 pounds Position: Third base/first base Major league service: Parts of seven big league seasons 2009 stats: .226 average, 9 homers and 48 RBIs Notable: At UCLA, he was both a teammate and roommate of future Philadelphia Phillies star Chase Utley. The O's hope: He can rediscover his power stroke and become the type of hitter he was during the 2006-08 seasons, in which he averaged 25 homers and 110 RBIs.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | October 8, 2014
Closer Zach Britton will return to the Orioles on Thursday as a new dad. Britton and his wife Courtney became parents to a baby boy named Zander Lee Britton, who was born late Tuesday night in Burbank, Calif. Both baby and mother are resting and doing well. Britton is expected to rejoin the Orioles in time to attend Thursday's workout at Camden Yards before Friday's Game 1 of the American League Championship Series. The Brittons initially received a due date of Oct. 14 and Britton was determined he wasn't going to miss the birth of his first child.
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By Jim Henneman and Jim Henneman,Sun Staff Writer | July 19, 1995
If anybody ever wrote a Broadway musical about big-league managers, the title would be a natural: "Get Me To The Closer On Time."The way baseball is played today, every team and manager is dependent on one pitcher who can get three outs and preserve a lead. As our good friend, the late Charley Eckman, used to say, "It's a very simple game."Or is it?Sometimes the formula used to reach the desired game situation can get more than a little complicated. The maneuvering often is hard to explain.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2014
In considering his American League Division Series roster, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said this weekend in Toronto that his biggest decision was whether he would carry 10 or 11 pitchers in the best-of-five series against the Detroit Tigers. He decided on the latter and opted to make that 11th pitcher right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez . To call Jimenez's first season in Baltimore inconsistent might be kind. He's been on a roller coaster that included a second-half demotion to the bullpen.
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February 3, 2003
IF POLITICAL borders don't stop criminals, they should not impede law enforcement efforts, either. That's why it's important for Baltimore to quickly conclude an agreement that will allow the state police to conduct operations involving juvenile justice matters, traffic enforcement, fugitive apprehension and auto theft within city limits. No one should be under the impression that state troopers will suddenly flood city neighborhoods once such a pact is signed. That's not going to happen.
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By Wiley A. Hall 3rd | November 19, 1991
Race relations have never been better in this country and blacks and whites have never been closer.Obvious but it needed to be said.The bitter gubernatorial election in Louisiana last weekend between Democrat Edwin W. Edwards and Republican David E. Duke has sparked national concern over the state of race relations in this country and almost everyone's prognosis is bad.Duke, the former high muckety-muck of the Ku Klux Klan and a founder of the National Association...
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By JOHN DORSEY | October 18, 1998
Those who missed the acclaimed retrospective of Chuck Close's images of the human face when it was at New York's Museum of Modern Art earlier this year needn't despair. There's another chance, closer to home. "Chuck Close" opened last week at Washington's Hirshhorn Museum. Close has been painting the human face for the last 30 years, and about 85 of his works are on view. Some are black and white, some highly colored; some are eight feet tall; some are created by using his own fingerprints.
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By KEN ROSENTHAL | September 30, 1993
The Orioles already need to add a proven 100-RBI man and at least one starting pitcher. A team can plug only so many holes in a single off-season. If Gregg Olson is lost for 1994, the possibilities are almost too frightening to consider.Maybe now fans will understand how lucky the Orioles were to land Olson with the fourth pick of the '88 draft. Suddenly, the team is in an awful quandary. Replacing Olson would be nearly impossible. But keeping him would be no bargain, either.It's difficult to imagine a club risking the loss of its all-time saves leader just after he turns 27. But that's the worst-case scenario for the Orioles with Olson a candidate for career-threatening elbow surgery.
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By Bill Free | August 23, 1998
The morning after Cal Ripken passed Brooks Robinson to become the Orioles' all-time leader in hits, Cleveland Indians closer Mike Jackson was still trying to understand Ripken's new stance.Jackson watched a videotape several times yesterday of Ripken's ninth-inning foul out Friday night and said, "I haven't figured out this stance yet. He refuses to swing at any pitches away from him. It's like he's saying I'll give you that outside pitch if you throw it for a strike. And I don't see how he can ever pull the ball."
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By John Eisenberg | February 20, 1998
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Here's the choice: You can have a proven, dominant closer to preserve your late-inning leads, or you can have a closer-by-committee arrangement, with capable pitchers but blurred responsibilities.Which do you want? The dominant closer, of course, particularly if you have designs on winning a World Series, as the Orioles do in 1998.Most recent Series winners have had top closers anchoring their bullpens. The absence of one has cost such teams as the Braves and Pirates.
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By George Sipple and Detroit Free Press | September 30, 2014
Joe Nathan has two blown saves and a 2.95 ERA since July 23. That's when the Detroit Tigers traded Corey Knebel, the 39th overall pick in the 2013 draft, and fellow pitcher Jake Thompson, a second-round pick in 2012, to the Texas Rangers for closer Joakim Soria. Since the Soria trade, Nathan went 1-1 with 15 saves and gave up 20 hits and 13 walks in 21 1/3 innings with 15 strikeouts. For the full article, click here .
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 29, 2014
Orioles left-hander Zach Britton won't lie about it. Yes, in the past year, he considered what it would be like to wear a different uniform, to get a second chance elsewhere. Heading into last fall, Britton had struggled through consecutive rocky seasons in which a shoulder injury, lack of command and cracking confidence had thrust him into a career crossroads. Once considered a future ace, Britton weathered a brutal final month last season, pitching poorly in a spot start against the Cleveland Indians before being jettisoned to instructional league while his teammates were fighting in a pennant race.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2014
NEW YORK - With the Orioles preparing for the postseason, closer Zach Britton is anxiously anticipating the birth of his first child, and his baby boy's arrival could come in the middle of the club's playoff run. Britton's wife, Courtney, initially was expected to give birth in late-October, but the due date was pushed up to Oct. 14, when the Orioles could be in the midst of the American League Championship Series. So the Brittons sat down with their doctor and looked at the playoff schedule.
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By Natalie Sherman | September 11, 2014
The University System of Maryland Board of Regents voted Thursday to sell the vacant and deteriorated former Hebrew Orphan Asylum in West Baltimore to the Coppin Heights Community Development Corp. for redevelopment as a community health center, according to a university spokesman. The land is currently owned by Coppin State University, which acquired it as part of a 7.3-acre, $680,000 purchase from the Lutheran Home and Hospital Foundation Inc. in 2003. The chancellor recommended that the board allow Coppin State University to move forward with sale of the property.
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By Matt Zenitz and Baltimore Sun Media Group | September 4, 2014
COLLEGE PARK -  With wide receiver Taivon Jacobs out, Maryland will depend on junior Marcus Leak and sophomores Amba Etta-Tawo and Jacquille Veii to all play bigger roles in the offense. Leak will start along with the Terps' top two receivers, Stefon Diggs and Deon Long, but Etta-Tawo and Veii could see some playing time as well. Etta-Tawo, an outside receiver, will be the top backup to Long and Leak. Veii will back up Diggs in the slot and was the fourth wide receiver in the game when Maryland went to four wide receiver sets against James Madison.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | August 19, 2014
The beating the Orioles put on the Chicago White Sox bullpen Monday night - five runs in the eighth inning off three relievers with ERAs over five - was born of the same offseason strategy that the Orioles took with their bullpen. Both teams traded away their proven closers - Jim Johnson from Baltimore, and Addison Reed from Chicago. Both tried to essentially piece it together with what they had. Only one succeeded. The Orioles success in that department, and the lack of it in Chicago, is a big reason why the White Sox, who like the Orioles are in the top-10 in offense in several categories, are seven games under .500 while the Orioles are flying high, 7.5 games ahead of Toronto and two games behind the Los Angeles Angels for the best record in the American League.
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By JOHN EISENBERG | August 3, 1995
It is said that Baltimore is one of the best baseball towns in America. Unless you're a closer.Around here, closers aren't much different than potholes. They're there to be cursed. And replaced every few years.Gregg Olson was one of the best in the business until his elbow injury in 1993, recording 160 saves before his 26th birthday, but the fans at Camden Yards treated him like he was Bob Irsay's lawyer or something. They all but booed him out of town.Lee Smith? The fans didn't get on him, but only because he happened not to be the dreaded Olson.
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By Los Angeles Times | March 27, 1993
WACO, Texas -- Federal authorities said yesterday that they have begun edging closer to the fortified compound of the David Koresh cult and clearing its surrounding grounds of debris that could hamper an assault."
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By Matt Zenitz and Baltimore Sun Media Group | August 7, 2014
COLLEGE PARK - In a historic move, the NCAA's Division I Board of Directors voted Thursday to grant its five power conferences the right to make many of their own rules. The decision has to survive a 60-day override period. If it does, changes could go into effect as early as January. Student-athletes likely will be the primary beneficiaries. Paying athletes will remain off limits. But the Atlantic Coast, Big Ten, Big 12, Pacific-12 and Southeastern conferences are expected to find ways to provide more money to athletes, either through bigger scholarships or stipends to better help cover the cost of college living.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | August 4, 2014
Right-hander Jim Johnson worked out for the Orioles on Monday morning at the club's spring training complex in Sarasota, Fla. He threw for about 10 minutes in front of minor league pitching rehab coordinator Scott McGregor and minor league medical coordinator Dave Walker. Buck Showalter said he spoke to Johnson on Monday, and the Orioles manager also spoke to McGregor about Johnson, who was released last week by the Oakland Athletics after compiling a 7.14 ERA in 38 games. “I think the mistake you make is thinking that you've got some magic dust that you sprinkle on him. There are some very capable people in Oakland, Jimmy being one of them, but I know [Athletics pitching coach]
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